Jinotega Department

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Departamento de Jinotega
Country Nicaragua
Capital Jinotega
Area 9,755 km2 (3,766 sq mi)
Population 297,300 (2005)
ISO 3166-2 NI-JI

Jinotega (Spanish pronunciation: [xinoˈteɣa]) is the second largest department in Nicaragua. It is bordered on the north by the country of Honduras. The departments surrounding it are, Matagalpa to the south, the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region to the east, and Estelí, Madriz, and Nueva Segovia. It covers an area of 9,755 km² and has a population of 297,300 (2005 census). The capital is the city of Jinotega.

Points of interest[edit]

There are various restaurants and markets throughout the department of Jinotega, that serve various fruits, vegetables, meats, and drinks. The city of Jinotega is in the vicinity of the artificial Lake Apanas. A town named San Rafael del Norte is just 20 minutes away in a good paved road. San Rafael was the General Headquarters for the troops of General Sandino in the late 1920s and early '30s. It has a nice church and small museum of Sandino and his wife Blanca Aráuz.


  1. El Cuá
  2. Jinotega
  3. La Concordia
  4. San José de Bocay
  5. San Rafael del Norte
  6. San Sebastián de Yalí
  7. Santa María de Pantasma
  8. Wiwilí

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Coordinates: 13°06′N 86°00′W / 13.100°N 86.000°W / 13.100; -86.000